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Friday
Apr042008

Attending VizThink Workshop Chicago: May 7, 2008

vizthink-logo.gifThe decision to attend key events related to my career and design practice has really been paying off. Coming off of SXSW Interactive 2008, I'm seeing the events of the past few years have provided great opportunities to learn, get to know others, develop my Sketchnote practice and to share my notes with so many people.

I've signed up to attend the VizThink Workshop, on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 in downtown Chicago. With a minimum of 15 and maximum 50 attendees, this event led by Dave Gray and Karl Gude will teach attendees how to exercise their visual thinking skills, and learn new techniques and approaches to visual thinking.

Topics covered include:


  • Introduction to visual language and visual literacy

  • Strategies of information design

  • Primary methods for organizing both qualitative and quantitative information

  • Professional tips and tricks

From the description of the VizThink Workshop:

Your presentations don't have to be dull and ridden with bullet points. After this workshop you will understand how to explore, organize and visually display information of all kinds, from complex data sets to visual instruction manuals.

Participants will learn how visual thinking can be used to explore complex information and present it more effectively. This workshop combines high-level design principles with practical applications — rules of thumb and "tricks of the trade" — that professional information designers use to quickly create clear representations from complex or potentially confusing information.

I'm very excited about meeting Dave Gray of XPLANE, who I've bumped into on the net for years, and his co-leader Karl Gude, a professor at Michigan State University's Journalism School and former Graphics Director at Newsweek magazine.

The opportunity to see both of these guys together was too cool and Chicago is too close, so I've decided to jump at the chance to attend this workshop and expand my knowledge of visual thinking.

The cost for the workshop? $400 and worth every cent. You can be sure I'll have a full report after attending and probably a truckload of sketchnotes to share. :-)

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If you're interested in expanding your own visual thinking skills and being taught by the Jedi Masters of visual thinking, this is your chance: VizThink Chicago Workshop.

Reader Comments (4)

Sounds like a cool conference, Mike.

I just started reading Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam and it sounds like there is some similar concepts there. If you haven't heard of it, you may want to check it out - sounds like it would be up your alley.
April 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJason Long
Jason, thanks � I stumbled on Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam last weekend, at the same time I came across this workshop! I have it in the queue at Amazon and can't wait to pick it up.

I'd really be stoked if Dan Roam attended the workshop, it should be interesting to find out who is going on May 7th.
April 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Mike -- you should give some thought to submitting a proposal for a session on the intersection of blogging, careers, and conferences at BlogWorld Expo this fall.

Or at least think about attending! We went last year and got a lot out of it.
April 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlux
Lux, that's an interesting idea � I'll think about that. Would be very interesting with a panel of bloggers with diverse experiences. Might you be open to being on the panel with me? :-)
April 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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